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A Jam Band Summer In Denver

If you’re a jam band fanatic, Denver is the place to be this summer, with must-see concerts from Phish, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers and many more. 

Of course, the scene is nothing new here. Ever since The Grateful Dead (the original jam band) started playing the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the late 1970s, the Denver area has been a hotspot for great music and great times. This summer in The Mile High City is shaping up to be one long, strange — and fun — trip. 

JAM BAND LEGENDS

Catch some of the biggest names in the jam band world under the sun and stars in Denver.

The String Cheese Incident 

WHEN: July 15-17, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The String Cheese Incident returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this July and they're ready for three nights of live music. The band, formed in the Colorado mountain ski towns of Crested Butte and Telluride in 1993, has built on 20 years of experience to become the musicians they are today.

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration 

WHEN: August 1, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

This nostalgia-soaked program is always a favorite with Red Rocks concert goers and includes Jerry Garcia's original compositions as well as interpretataions of timeless Grateful Dead standards. The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration features renowned vocalist/guitarist Warren Haynes (The Allman Brother Band, Gov't Mule, The Dead) collaborating with a full symphony orchestra to bring Garcia's music to life. 

Phish

WHEN: September 2-4, 2016
WHERE: Dick's Sporting Goods Park 

Denver's Dick's Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish has earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay. 


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GREAT MUSIC, GREAT TIMES

Even more fantastic shows to check out this summer.

Umphrey's McGee

WHEN: July 2-3, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Fans who follow Umphrey's McGee know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you're going to get and Umphrey's always delivers!   

Greensky Bluegrass with Leftover Salmon

WHEN: July 23, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Described by one reviewer as "the love child of a rootsy bluegrass quintet and a funky jam band," this group's unique "jamgrass" sound is one you won't want to miss. This year Greensky Bluegrass is joined at Red Rocks by Boulder's homegrown jam band, Leftover Salmon

The Avett Brothers

WHEN: July 28-30, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Avett Brothers bring jam back to Red Rocks for a three-night concert series you won't soon forget. 

Gov't Mule and moe.

WHEN: August 25, 2016
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Two beloved jam bands — Gov't Mule and moe. — at Red Rocks for the price of one? Don't mind if we do!   

Shakedown Street

WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Various locations

Not as good as the real thing — but close! Shakedown Street is one of the world's best Grateful Dead tribute bands and they call the Rocky Mountain Front Range home. You can find them jamming the night away at various venues throughout the area all summer long. 

Jam Band Hot Spots to Visit While You're In Town

If you're visiting Denver for shows this summer, don't miss out on these places to eat, drink and jam out.

Quixote's True Blue & Sancho's Broken Arrow

Quixote's True Blue and Sancho's Broken Arrow, two sister clubs, are ground zero for the city's jam band scene — warm, friendly spots that feature great live music virtually every night of the week. Check their respective calendars for more info. 

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Vine Street Pub & Brewery, one of the grooviest additions to Denver's microbrewery scene, is all about the Grateful Dead on the sound system, juicy burgers (or veggie burgers) and a dedication to lovingly crafted beer.

My Brother's Bar

The forefathers of the jam band movement were the Beat Generation, and My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele. This watering hole was the bar of choice for renowned Beats like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's — you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots. 


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